Summer see plenty of well-known characters returning to the big screen, some in familiar guises and some as you’ve never seen them before, along with some charming new ones too.
A Dog’s Purpose (eOne)
Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron and told from the unique perspective of one family’s beloved pet, A Dog’s Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The film also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long haul (Fox)
This latest adaptation from the record-breaking children’s book series follows a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party that goes hilariously off course – thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. Starring Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone.
See it in cinemas from May 26th
My Life as a Courgette (Thunderbird)
After his mother's sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet with Raymond's help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through memorably bold character designs and expressive stop- motion animation, "My Life As A Courgette" soars with laughter, sorrow, joy, and above all, stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.
See it in cinemas from June 2nd
Rock Dog (Altitude)
For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff; Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa’s son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing aeroplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock’n’roll star. Yet that means defying his father’s wishes, heading to the city and locating the legendary – and reclusive – musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard), who needs to write a new song and fast. If Bodi can put a band together, help Angus with his song, and defeat the wolves' plot to take Snow Mountain, his life will be in tune. Body will become what he's always dreamed of being: More than a dog...more than a rock god... he'll be a ROCK DOG!
See it in cinemas from June 16th
Despicable Me 3 (Universal)
The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date.
See it in cinemas from June 30th
Cars 3 (Disney/Pixar)
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
See it in cinemas from July 14th
Captain Underpants (Fox)
Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants.
See it in cinemas from July 28th